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REPORT: Chelsea Women 2 Blues Women 3

The striker scored her first goal of the season after coming on in the second half to ensure victory in Marta Tejedor’s first game in charge.

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Ellen White’s stoppage time winner secured an excellent 3-2 victory over Chelsea Women.

The striker scored her first goal of the season after coming on in the second half to ensure victory in Marta Tejedor’s first game in charge.

Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring before Emma Follis equalised for the Blues before half-time. In an end to end second period, Lucy Quinn put Blues ahead but were pegged back by Cuthbert’s second before White’s winner.

The new manager made just one change for the side that lost to Bristol City last time out. Harriet Scott was replaced by Lucy Quinn, while new signings Alex Brooks and Claudia Walker were on the bench.

There was also the return of Ellen White from injury, but it was the attacking prowess of Chelsea that struck first.

Former Blue Karen Carney stretched the legs of Meaghan Sargeant, as she danced her way past and into the box. The Chelsea winger crossed in an inviting ball which was met by the head of Cuthbert to give the home side the lead.

Tejedor’s side didn’t get their first sight of goal until the half hour mark when Quinn tricked her way to the edge of the box. However, her right-footed shot was wide of the target.

As they began to get a foothold in the game, Blues found the equaliser. Quinn was at the centre of the action and found a way past Joanna Andersson before sending a low cross into the box which Follis poked into the back of the net.

A change at half time turned the game in Blues’ favour. Sargeant, who had been tasked with keeping Carney quiet, was replaced by Sarah Mayling and they settled into a better rhythm in the game.

Blues had a golden opportunity to go ahead when Follis went through one on one with Carly Telford, however it was Quinn who put Birmingham in front. Chelsea were caught off guard and Quinn sent an outrageous shot into the top corner, as the goalkeeper could only watch on.

The home side started to apply pressure after the double substitution of Fran Kirby and Ramona Bachmann, and Blues were cracked open when Paige Williams gave away a free-kick 25 yards out. Cuthbert stepped up and dispatched the set piece straight into the right corner.

Blues survived a late surge of Chelsea pressure and went on to win it with a slick counter attacking move. Wellings played in White on her return from injury, who volleyed it in to seal all three points.

 

Chelsea: Carly Telford, Hannah Blundell, Sophie Ingle, Anita Asante, Karen Carney (Jess Carter 69’), So-Yun Ji, Bethany England (Ramona Bachmann 59’), Magdalena Eriksson, Joanna Andersson, Erin Cuthbert, Drew Spence (Fran Kirby 59’).

Substitutes (not used): Ann-Katrin Berger, Adelina Engman, Maren Mjelde, Deanna Cooper.

Goals: Cuthbert 13’, 83’

Bookings: None

 

Blues: Hannah Hampton, Paige Williams, Meaghan Sargeant (Sarah Mayling h/t), Hayley Ladd, Kerys Harrop, Chloe Arthur, Lucy Quinn (Ellen White 69’), Emma Follis (Claudia Walker 90+4’), Charlie Wellings, Aoife Mannion, Lucy Staniforth.

Substitutes (not used): Alex Brooks, Marisa Ewers, Connie Scofield, Shania Hayles.

Goals: Follis 36’, Quinn 60’, White 90+2’

Bookings: Williams 82’

 

Attendance: 2053

Referee: Helen Conley

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